Atlas Week Approaches, More Than 100 Events Scheduled
Saint Louis University will host the eighteenth Annual Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week
Program Friday, April 6 to Saturday, April 14. Events and activities held throughout
the week are free and open to the St. Louis community. The theme for Atlas Week is
“From Broken Walls, We Build Bridges: Out of Conflict Rises Community.”
The Atlas Program is designed to recognize the international dimensions of Saint Louis
University’s academic programs and to celebrate SLU’s role in international education
and service in light of the University’s Jesuit tradition. One of the main goals
of the Atlas Program is to increase awareness of the global issues that confront the
world today in an effort not only to promote discussion, but also to inform and inspire
action. It focuses on what each individual as a global citizen can do to contribute
to a better life for all people now and in the future.
More than 100 events scheduled for the week. These events highlight what SLU faculty,
staff and students are doing around the globe and in our own local community to address
contemporary injustices. As SLU celebrates its Bicentennial Year, it is also a time
to celebrate our own.
- Monday, April 9, noon to 1 p.m., “Saint Louis University and Belize 2020: Reflections
on a Growing Partnership,” Center for Global Citizenship Auditorium .
- Wednesday, April 11, 8 to 9 a.m., “Repairing Broken Walls and Building Bridges in
Vanga Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Danis Auditorium, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon
- Wednesday, April 11, 7 to 9 p.m., Film: Men in the Arena, “Saadiq Mohammed's Inspiring Journey to Becoming a Billiken,” Kelley Auditorium.
- Thursday, April 12, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., “Breaking the Pipeline and Building Literacy:
The Legacy of Dr. Norman White,” Sinquefield Stateroom, DuBourg Hall .
An interfaith prayer service opens the week at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 9, at St. Francis
Xavier College Church.
A special highlight is the Signature Symposium at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12,
in the Wool Ballroom in Busch Student Center. Fred Ochieng’, M.D., and Milton Ochieng’,
M.D., will deliver the Atlas Keynote Address, “Sons of Lwala: Honoring the Dreams
of Our Parents.” The two are brothers and co-founders of Lwala Community Alliance.
Lwala Community Alliance is now the largest provider of health services in Western
Kenya, serving a population of more than 30,000 people.
A private reception is planned with the Ochiengs' after the symposium. RSVPs for the reception are due on Friday, April 6.
The weeklong celebration culminates on Friday, April 13, with the Billiken World
Festival at the Center for Global Citizenship. The event kicks off with the Parade
of Nations at 10:45 a.m., and features live cultural music and dance, academic and
informational booths, and international cuisine.
To learn more about Saint Louis University’s Atlas Program and view a full calendar
of events, please visit http://atlas.slu.edu or contact Michelle Lorenzini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media coverage or to schedule interviews, contact Jeanette Grider in University
Communications at 314-977-2538.